Following up on Anthony Chaney’s lovely and enticing preview of the neighborhood surrounding the conference hotel, I wanted to offer a few words about the social environment of S-USIH conferences past. (And like Anthony, I want to encourage you to be getting your proposals in.) Continue reading
I lived in Wichita Falls, Texas for good long while. People familiar with Texas usually feel sorry for you when you admit that. I eventually read the Dallas Morning News regularly. Every so often this odd column with the words “scattershooting, while wondering whatever happened to [x]” would appear. Written by a Texas institution named Blackie Sherrod, “Scattershooting,” as I remember it anyway, was often an assemblage of allusive, seemingly random thoughts on the page that maybe had some underlying idea or logic or maybe didn’t at all. At the time I marveled at the erudition and wit in a column about sports. In a world before search engines, Blackie had me hunting through the library to track down his references. He could really string together a sentence when he was at his best. I’ve been thinking about it some lately, partly because when I do follow sport, which happens intermittently, I follow it online through a newsfeed or as clickbait. The quality of the writing there is mostly execrable: mangled syntax, mixed metaphors, hackneyed attempts at wit, all reading to me like some species of warped masculinity. Coach was pretty darn tough on you, huh fella? I need to be a better man, seek out the good stuff and stop relying on algorithms to do it for me.
My thoughts for the day have nothing to do with sports. I’m just following Sherrod’s “scattershooting” example, even though by the time he wrote that column he had earned the right to write however the hell he wanted. The weblog hath flourished since he packed it in. Fragmentary, allusive, or incomplete thoughts now seem somewhat less idiosyncratic. Thank you Mr. Sherrod, blogger avant la lettre. Thank you, internet blogosphere.
By Anthony Chaney
The mission: to leave our old central Dallas neighborhood, with its feral cats and uneven sidewalks, and to travel into the spanking-new nether regions and reconnoiter the site for the October 2017 S-USIH Conference. What we expected: freeways, traffic, box stores, concrete. What we found: a comfortable and quiet new urbanist enclave offering a variety of spaces, indoors and out, for gathering, chatting, strolling, sitting and thinking, and catching a coffee, a drink, or a bite. We arrived on an early Friday afternoon and stayed till well into happy hour. The following photos follow don’t capture the lovely weather (very October-like), but let them serve as a preview of conference amenities this fall … and a reminder to get those proposals in.
Here’s ground zero for this year’s conference, the Dallas/Plano at Marriott Legacy Town Center. Our theme: “Histories of Memory, Memories of History.”
Across the street are several blocks of eateries and shops.Turkish, sushi, New American, Thai fusion, and more … all a short walk from the conference site. Continue reading